Chapter: 6 - Treatment
Subchapter: 1 - Introduction
In recent years, due to earlier detection and more effective treatments, many women diagnosed with breast cancer overcome the disease and go on to live healthy lives.
Treatment Options Recommended By Your Health Care Provider
It’s important to understand the different types of treatment options available to you, because you are an integral part of your decision-making team. Your medical team will advocate certain treatments, but they will also seek your input.
They will recommend a plan based on:
- Stage of cancer and whether or not it has spread
- Type of cancer, and status of the estrogen, progesterone, or HER2/neu receptors found in the cancer cells
- Your age, health, and menstrual/menopausal stage
- And whether or not this is your first cancer treatment
In general, there are five treatment options, and most treatment plans include a combination of the following:
3) Hormone Therapy
5) Targeted Therapies
Some are local, targeting just the area around the tumor with surgery or radiation. Others are systemic, targeting your whole body with cancer-fighting agents such as chemotherapy.
Most women receive a combination of treatments, but each case is unique, and your medical team will work to find the most effective treatment for you.
Getting A Second Opinion
Even so, you may find yourself second-guessing their recommendations or suggested treatment plan. If you’re hesitant for any reason, you should get the opinion of another doctor before beginning treatment. Your doctor will not mind if you want a second opinion; some insurance plans even require it.
Again, don’t hesitate to ask your medical team questions. When it comes to getting a second opinion, you are your own best advocate.
Asked by anonymousLearning About Breast Cancer
It depends on what kind of treatment. I know with lumpectomy, radiation, and six chemotherapies, and many, many prescription medications, the cost for my treatment was over $200000. I was fortunate to have good insurance to cover it all.
Too much..Comment 2
Asked by anonymousStage 3A Patient
Hi Jessica, I'm sorry to hear about your DCIS diagnosis. I have stage 3 IDC and can relate to what you're feeling. Have you had the BRACA testing performed? It tests to see if you carry the breast cancer gene. That would definitely help with your decision. There are many things such as if any...
Hi Jessica, I'm sorry to hear about your DCIS diagnosis. I have stage 3 IDC and can relate to what you're feeling. Have you had the BRACA testing performed? It tests to see if you carry the breast cancer gene. That would definitely help with your decision. There are many things such as if any other members of your immediate family has had cancer, etc. I have a later stage of cancer so I have decided to have a double mastectomy. But it's such a personal decision to make. There is a wonderful site called breastcancer.org. You have to be very careful about doing research online. There is a lot of misinformation out there. This is a very good site for cancer info and includes a support board with other women that have DCIS. Dr Susan Love's breast book is also very informative. Best wishes to you whatever you decide,
I also had the option of choosing what treatment to do. It did not sit right with me because I am not a doctor. Educate yourself in all options. Try and think of all scenarios and how you might feel with each. I choose a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. My surgery was just 2 weeks...
I also had the option of choosing what treatment to do. It did not sit right with me because I am not a doctor. Educate yourself in all options. Try and think of all scenarios and how you might feel with each. I choose a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. My surgery was just 2 weeks ago.
Asked by anonymousStage 1 Patient
I was told the same thing ! Also to close the toilet seat when flushing . It is because they have no positive facts yet but they think our chemo can go into some one else by kissing or if someone wAs to sit on our pee. Also use a condom of your having sex within 3 days of chemo .Comment 1
I'm not familiar with this, but it's probably not a bad idea. "Swapping spit" can subject you to possible infection, and your white blood cell count drops after chemo. So kiss him/her on the cheek and wait the three days, would be my suggestion!Comment 1
Asked by anonymousstage_4 Patient
I TOTALLY understand your desire to "Get This Show On The ROAD!" These little detours are a pain but essential. Just a bit longer and you will get going on your treatment to get rid of this lousy disease. Hang in there darlin' Take care, Sharon
I know time may be a concern but it is soooo important to have all the info so you don't have to go through some of the procedures more than once. Hang in there just a bit longer. This could be more blessing than curse. Have a peaceful day.Comment 0
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